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2022 - 2023 Workshops

January 10, 2023     1:00p – 4:00p via Zoom

Becka Rahn

 

“A Trio of Techniques”                                                        Workshop Fee - $20

 

    You don’t need to be a Photoshop pro to be able to digitally design and print your own fabrics. This class is packed with projects you can design using simple and low-cost digital design tools and apps, most that work right from your web browser. Great designs don’t just start with opening up a blank digital canvas, so we will learn techniques to transform cut paper art, drawings and paintings into pixels to make a geometric print, a faux batik and a novelty design. We’ll go step-by-step learning how to create and save your files, upload, and print your own original fabric designs.

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Supply List                                                            There is no kit fee.

 

Preliminary Supply List
     This class is designed to use everyday materials you probably have around the house. I will give more specific details for each one as we get closer to the class, but you will need an assortment of the following items:

    • Drawing paper (copy/printer paper is great)

    • Pencil, black sharpie, favorite drawing tools

    • Scrap paper in different colors (recycled or decorative papers, scrapbook paper, magazine pages, newsprint or         text, wrapping paper etc)

    • Glue stick, scissors

    • Optional but also recommended to get a Spoonflower Sample Pack: 
       https://www.spoonflower.com/en/design-tools

Technical Considerations
     Things to think about ahead of time: It can be challenging to watch a Zoom/virtual class and work along on your computer at the same time. You *can* follow along and do the class project with me if you want to watch the class from a tablet/phone/laptop and do the hands-on digital parts of class from another desktop/device. You are *not* required to do this.


     We will do a lot of hands-on art making projects in class, not using the computer. I will provide step-by-step handouts for the digital/computer steps of making your art into a digital design. You are welcome to take screenshots and notes as we go. If you have any technical questions ahead of time, please feel free to email me at beckarahn@gmail.com

   

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.



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January 11, 2023     9:30a – 12:30p via Zoom

Becka Rahn

 

“Creating with Color: Designing Your Own Fabrics”

                                                                     Workshop Fee - $20

 

     This class is all about working with color. Learn to design your own hand-drawn fabric designs using everyday art materials that we’ll translate into sophisticated digital repeating patterns and upload to Spoonflower.com to print on to fabric or wallpaper. You’ll choose the colors for your design by learning how to match the colors you see on your computer screen to colors in your house – your couch fabric, a favorite photograph, or kitchen paint colors – to make your own home decor accent pieces. We’ll talk about troubleshooting color: how to get what you see on your screen to translate to fabric and choosing the right fabric for your design. Finally, we’ll try some color apps to help you create color schemes, mood boards, and translate the colors you see in the world into HEX codes you can use for your designs.

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Supply List                                                            There is no kit fee.

 

Preliminary Supply List
     This class is designed to use everyday materials you probably have around the house. I will give more specific details for each one as we get closer to the class, but you will need an assortment of the following items:

    • Drawing paper (copy/printer paper is great)

    • Pencil, black sharpie, favorite drawing tools

    • Scrap paper in different colors (recycled or decorative papers, scrapbook paper, magazine pages, newsprint or         text, wrapping paper etc)

    • Glue stick, scissors

    • An optional supply is to order a Spoonflower Color Map in advance so you can get it in time for class. Choose           any fabric base that you want.      https://www.spoonflower.com/en/design-tools

    • Optional but also recommended to get a Spoonflower Sample Pack: 
       https://www.spoonflower.com/en/design-tools

Technical Considerations
     Things to think about ahead of time: It can be challenging to watch a Zoom/virtual class and work along on your computer at the same time. You *can* follow along and do the class project with me if you want to watch the class from a tablet/phone/laptop and do the hands-on digital parts of class from another desktop/device. You are *not* required to do this.


     We will do a lot of hands-on art making projects in class, not using the computer. I will provide step-by-step handouts for the digital/computer steps of making your art into a digital design. You are welcome to take screenshots and notes as we go. If you have any technical questions ahead of time, please feel free to email me at beckarahn@gmail.com

   

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.



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January 12, 2023     9:30a – 12:30p via Zoom

Becka Rahn

 

“Designing Seamless Repeats: Designing Your Own Fabrics”                                                                                                            Workshop Fee - $20

 

    This class is an introduction to creating seamlessly repeating patterns that can be printed on fabrics. What’s a seamless repeat? It’s a tile or motif that can be repeated over and over to fill a yard of fabric, without obvious edges or visible borders between the repeats. Focus for this class will be about learning to create the layout of your design and strategies for making it look balanced and seamless. We’ll start with hands-on exercises to create a template to use for your patterns. Then we’ll work on a design sketch for a novelty print to use later to create your finished artwork. You don’t need fantastic drawing skills for this class; you can create your finished design using any media you like but the sketch will help you get there. Then I’ll demonstrate how to go from sketch to finished design using the Pixlr app.

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Supply List                                                            There is no kit fee.

 

Preliminary Supply List
     This class is designed to use everyday materials you probably have around the house. I will give more specific details for each one as we get closer to the class, but you will need an assortment of the following items:

    • Drawing paper (copy/printer paper is great)

    • Pencil, black sharpie, favorite drawing tools

    • Scrap paper in different colors (recycled or decorative papers, scrapbook paper, magazine pages, newsprint or         text, wrapping paper etc)

    • Glue stick, scissors

    • Optional but also recommended to get a Spoonflower Sample Pack: 
       https://www.spoonflower.com/en/design-tools

Technical Considerations
     Things to think about ahead of time: It can be challenging to watch a Zoom/virtual class and work along on your computer at the same time. You *can* follow along and do the class project with me if you want to watch the class from a tablet/phone/laptop and do the hands-on digital parts of class from another desktop/device. You are *not* required to do this.


     We will do a lot of hands-on art making projects in class, not using the computer. I will provide step-by-step handouts for the digital/computer steps of making your art into a digital design. You are welcome to take screenshots and notes as we go. If you have any technical questions ahead of time, please feel free to email me at beckarahn@gmail.com

   

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2023     1:00p – 4:00p via Zoom
Monday, February 20, 2023     10:00a - 1:00p via Zoom

April Sproule

 

“Beautiful Birds Goldfinch Collage”                             Workshop Fee - $55

 

     This is April’s all-time favorite workshop in which students will learn, step-by-step, how her original bird designs are made. Using raw-edge applique that adds to the beauty and the ease of stitching of these pieces, April will guide students through the process of creating these magical creatures. The class will include hand-embroidery technique basics, background composition options, construction of the bird and the stitching, and finishing techniques for preserving and displaying your work.

*This is a 6-hour workshop that will be presented in two 3-hour sessions.

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Supply List                                                            There is no kit fee.

    • Hand embroidery needles, assorted packs sizes 5-10

    • Fabric markers
        o Stabilo white pencil #8052, water erasable marker
        o Frixion pens #31557, set of 3 colors

    • Fabrics – all pre-washed except the organza

        o For the Bird: cotton or silk

            • Bright yellow – upper body, 4” x 6”

            • Off-white, belly area – 2” x 5”
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 Black, solid or mottled – 7” x 5”

        o For the Background: cotton, silk, or linen
            • Light colored fabric you can see through for marking – 14” x 18”
            • Scraps of vintage fabrics and handmade papers

        o Optional stabilizer
            • Silk organza, unwashed – 16” x 20” (Dharma Trading Company)

    • Embroidery floss and threads
        o DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss, one skein each for the bird.
            #310 Black, #317 Light Gray, #318 Dark Gray, #725 Bright Yellow, #920 Rust, #33766 Light Blue,

              #3866 Soft White
        o Additional colors of floss to coordinate with background.
        o Regular sewing thread to match the bird fabrics for applique
    • Freezer paper

Please contact me if you have any questions:

    Sproule Studios
    (707) 725-9124
    www.sproulestudios.com

   

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.



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Tuesday, March 14, 2023          1:00p – 4:00p via Zoom
Wednesday, March 15, 2023     10:00a - 1:00p via Zoom
Monday, March 27, 2023          10:00a - 12:00p (Show & Tell)

Kim Thittichai

 

“Raising the Surface for Stitch”                                    Workshop Fee - $60

 

     Enjoy learning about how to work with painted Bondaweb/Wonder Under along with other ways to create texture. Tyvek is a fabulous product for creating interesting textures but needs to be blended into your work by using toning colours and incorporating stitch. Students will develop some great raised surfaces to stitch over and across, as you work on layering up samples during the workshop. You will be able to stitch and develop more samples in the two weeks up to the Show and Tell.


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April 12, 2023

Janet Wisner

 

“Ephemera Journal with Embellished Copper Cover”  

                                                                                                       Workshop Fee - $40

 

     Make a copper and silver covered artist journal. We will create a solder stamping to decorate the copper cover. Participants will learn various metalsmithing techniques, creating a solder stamping and exploring other ways to decorate the copper cover. A discussion of the variety of alternative bindings that can be used to make each journal unique, and various closures will be demonstrated. Fabrics, papers, and ephemera will be added to make signatures (a grouping of sheets folded in half) that will be sewn in. Each journal will be one of a kind.

     Janet Wisner is a local metalsmith teacher and maker who likes to create things and make something from nothing. Over her lifetime she has worked in all media, including, painting, drawing, printing, polymer, fibers, paper, clay, glass, and metals, which have been her main focus for 25 years.

Supply List                                                                     Kit Fee - $30

 

Kit Includes

    • Needles
    • Waxed thread
    • Copper (for cover and for soldering)
    • Solder
    • Leather
    • Rivets
    • Awl
    • Chipboard
    • Handout

Student Supply List
    • Scissors
    • Thimble
    • Glue (such as “YES” brand glue, to use for decoupage and embellishments)
    • A variety of papers and fabrics, 6” x 12” or larger, for the pages of the book. You can pretreat the fabric with

      starch or other fabric stiffener, prior to the workshop, if you want the pages to be stiffer.
   • A variety of ribbons and lace (just small pieces).

   

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.



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May 9, 2023     12:45p - 3:45p
May 10, 2023    9:30a - 3:30p

Anne Flora

 

“Nuno Felted Wall Hanging”                                            Workshop Fee - $60

 

     Starting with a base of white pre-felted Merino wool, participants will create a design by layering various materials that could include Merino fiber, wool yarn, thinner fabrics, and pre-felt scraps, etc. The piece is then saturated with a warm soap solution, massaged to form an artful Nuno hanging, rinsed in cold water, and then blocked to shape.

     The first day of the workshop, we will be designing and wet felting the hanging. The participants will rinse the piece and take it home to block it. The second day of the workshop will be devoted to embellishing the hangings and a discussion of how to display the finished work.

     Participants should search their stash(es) for design elements that complement their felted piece, such as embroidery cotton, ribbon, yarn, beads, pieces of old jewelry, found objects, etc.

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Supply List                                                            Kit Fee - $8

 

Kit Includes
    • Pre-felt base

    • One (1) ounce Merino wool

    • Yarn and fabric pieces

Student Supply List
    • Two (2) old towels

    • Two (2) cottage cheese containers (or something similar)

    • Three (3) household sponges

    • Fabric scissors

    • Hand sewing needles

    • Embroidery needles

    • Apron (waterproof if you have one)

After wet felting your hanging on the first day of the workshop, you will take it home to block it, and look through your stash for embellishments to complement your piece (beads, buttons, ribbon, yarn, found objects, etc.). Bring the embellishments and the hanging back on the second day of the workshop, and we will spend the day finishing the piece.

        Updated supply lists will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.



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